Noah Syndergaard thanks Mets fans for 'unbelievable support' during six years in New York

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Noah Syndergaard sets to pitch in blue jersey
Noah Syndergaard sets to pitch in blue jersey

With the deal official with the Los Angeles Angels, Noah Syndergaard took to Instagram to thank everyone for the past six years with the Mets.

“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do," he said. "New York has been my home for the last six years, and through both the good times and bad, my love for you all and this place never wavered. This rehab and free agency process have been both eye-opening and humbling. As both flattered by the outside interest, I couldn’t process what it would mean or how hard it would be to leave New York City.

Syndergaard ended up with a one-year pact with the Angels worth $21 million, and it was reported by the Carton & Roberts show on WFAN as well as The New York Post's Joel Sherman that he didn't give the Mets an opportunity to match or exceed the offer.

Still, Syndergaard believed that LA was the way to go for him. But if you think he'll be forgetting the Big Apple, you're mistaken.

"After countless days of thought, I feel signing with the Angels is the best fit for me in my career. I sincerely want to thank the fans for their unbelievable support. Wish we could’ve given you more to cheer about. Playing in New York has been the best experience of my life. As a kid from a small town in Texas, this place has changed me forever. I’ll never forget it and I thank you all for it," he said.

It's been a tumultuous past couple seasons for Syndergaard, as he's had to deal with Tommy John surgery recovery that offered a couple setbacks along the way. He discovered the injury during spring training before the 2020 season and finally returned to the mound for two innings last season, where he struck out two, allowed two earned runs and gave up three hits.

The Mets stuck by his side throughout the ride back to the bigs, but Syndergaard is moving on now. But his love for the Mets still remains.

That is, of course, until his Angels play them.

"Also want to thank the Mets organization for trading for me and blessing me with this opportunity. I thank my teammates, coaches, support staff and all others I forgot to mention here. New York was my home for a long time and I’ll always appreciate how this Texan was welcome there. Always be pulling for the Mets…until I’m playing against you," he said.